Petworth Jazz brings good weather and Cheick Hamala Diabate on the traditional n’goni this Saturday

Another final summer month Saturday, another amazing Petworth Jazz Project.

This Saturday, July 27th, the featured performer is Cheick Hamala Diabate, a legendary Grammy-nominated Malian Griot.

“The music we griots play is not just about making nice sounds for dancing, it’s about giving a lesson to people about their lives. You tell them about what their grandfathers did, and what they should do now,” explains Diabate, whose griot roots run deep as first cousin to kora master Toumani Diabate, and nephew to legendary Super Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara. “People trust the griot more than anyone else.”

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Baba Ras D will be opening the show at 6pm followed by Diabate at 6:45pm. Food truck DC Empanadas will be site! The show ends at 8:45pm.

The sponsor for the evening is Rabih Chamas from GreenLine Real Estate and Chris Geier with McLean Mortgage Corporation.

The show is free, pets aren’t allowed, take your trash with you, etc. Just have fun and hang with your neighbors!